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Artesia hoops squads split on the road

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ARTESIA — After defeating Clovis Friday night at home, the Artesia Lady Dogs hit the road on Saturday afternoon taking on  Deming.

Artesia (6-7) had a 50-37 lead heading into the final period, the Wildcats (5-11) outscored the opposition 22-7 and won a close one 59-57.

“We got kind of behind the 8-ball a little bit,” said Jeff Houghtaling Artesia’s head coach. “We got in foul trouble and put them on the foul line a little bit. Just couldn’t get the ball off on their end of the floor.”

Houghtaling added that his team didn’t generate much offense and they weren’t doing anything on defense either.

“They played hard,” Houghtaling said of the Wildcats. “I just feel like we missed some opportunities here-and-there, it turned into some good play for them and not so good play for us.”

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Houghtaling said his team will use this game to prepare for district play which starts Jan. 26 at home against Lovington.

Despite falling to Deming, Houghtaling was pleased with Artesia’s play for most of the game.

“This is a good opportunity to get ready for district, we’ve got about seven games until then. We get to that and hopefully, we’ll be hitting our stride,” he said.

Artesia hits the road again Jan. 9 at Chaparral.

Artesia 58, Sandia Prep 48

In Gallup, senior Chaney Hardt scored 16 points and junior Cody Smith had 13 as the Bulldogs (9-4) defeated the Sun Devils (5-9) in the championship game of the Gallup Invitational.

Sophomore Clay Houghtaling had 9 for Artesia.

“It’s exciting,” said Michael Mondragon head coach. “We came up last year and came up short. It was a great team effort,” he added.

The Bulldogs led 15-4 at the end of the opening period. Sandia Prep outscored Artesia in the second and third periods. Artesia though was able to keep some distance between them and the Sun Devils.

Artesia outscored Sandia Prep 21-19 in the final period.

The Bulldogs return home Jan. 9 hosting Chaparral at 5:30 p.m. Next weekend Artesia hits the road to Los Alamos and Albuquerque.